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March 24, 2006

La Media Borracha*

Sockapaloooza Sock (close-up)
The real color. Sort of.

I am loving this yarn (Koigu) and this pattern (Denmark from Knitting on the Road) so much! I really hope my sock pal loves it too -- she didn't give any color preferences, but said that she loved cabled or lacy socks. When I picked out the colorway, I tried not to fall into the trap of picking the same colors I always pick for myself -- reds, pinks, oranges, browns. I think I succeeded! (I realize that the colorway looks very blue in the only other picture I posted, but it's not -- it's all shades of purples and periwinkles.)

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When I went looking for an object around the house to include in a picture for scale, I ended up at our "bar". It's actually a child's dresser that was my dad's as a child, then mine. It's been painted and repainted several times, and does quite well as a bar. Anyway, the late afternoon light is good at the bar and Jason was already in the kitchen cooking Mexican food, soooo the sock posed with a bottle of tequila. Which I then grabbed and went into the kitchen to make margaritas.

Que rica vida!

*The Drunken Sock. Though much of the Spanish-speaking world uses the word calcetin for sock, in Quito it's almost exclusively media. One of those idiosyncratic things that marks me as somebody who learned Spanish in Quito. I love it.

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March 22, 2006

The Hidden Side of Knitsmiths

What you don't see on the Knitsmiths blog...

Lisa chewing on her cable needle
...Lisa chomping on her cabling needle like cowboy chewing on a toothpick. When I told her she should learn to cable without a cabling needle, she replied, "but then I couldn't chew on this thing the whole time!"
Turnabout is fair play
...Alison! She takes pictures of everybody else at Knitsmiths -- this time the tables were turned. (She's knitting on that fantastic Synchronicity yarn she wrote about the other day and wearing her Weasley sweater!)

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March 21, 2006

The Thrill of Victory

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Let me get right to the point: I adore this sweater. I like it so much, in fact, that I have already worn it four times since I finished -- three times for dinner with friends and again to its Knitsmiths debut yesterday. It's comfortable, the fit is right, and the yarn is so soft. In terms of the way it feels, Samoa is the most like Calmer that I've encountered.

The pattern's been written for days now, and I've been trying to get it posted for about 48 hours straight. Yesterday, Jason's laptop ate it (note to self: Macs and Word documents originated on a PC do not play nicely together). Today, I finished recreating it and converting it to a PDF while at work... only to forget to grab my *($^*&% USB drive on my way out the door.

But I cannot contain my joy at the finished product that is this sweater, so I'm posting this entry now and will add the pattern tomorrow morning. [Update: It's up!] In the meantime, I managed to salvage the pattern notes from a previous version on my home computer-- they are in the extended entry if you'd like to read a little bit about the sweater and its construction.

The Very Necessary Sweater Pattern
(Updated with minor corrections -- 1/22/07.)
(it's a pdf!)

Pattern Notes